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Hot House: Inside The Legendary Wyndhurst Co-Op, One Apartment Quietly Asks $875K

2 Written by: | Tuesday, Jul 11, 2017 11:40am

Hot House: 2 Wyndhurst Avenue, Apt. #1W, Roland Park, Baltimore, MD 21210

Grand apartment on first floor of historic Italianate building, circa 1924. Two bedrooms, three baths, 2,500 sq. ft., with separate entrance to 1.7-acre private walled gardens. Original architectural detail: hardwood floors, moldings, cabinetry, two fireplaces. Large living and dining rooms, eat-in kitchen, den.  Central air, security system. Two one-car garages included: $875,000 (HOA fee of $1,812/mo includes taxes, maintenance, water)

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Culture, Featured, Food & Drink, Roland Park, Shop Local

Home Sweet Home: Mouth Party Caramels Expands To New Digs After Floods Last Summer

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 30, 2017 12:00pm

The founder of Mouth Party Caramels, B.G. Purcell, is remarkably calm and collected but full of energy. Purcell tries not to dwell on the fact that around this time last year, she watched her commercial kitchen in Meadow Mill fill with water from a flood on the Jones Falls River. Read More →

Featured, Hampden, Roland Park, Shop Local, The Rack

The Rack: Rotunda Kicks Off New Weekly Farmer’s Market

0 Written by: | Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017 1:18pm

Jones Family Farm at Rotunda Farmer’s Market

The Rotunda kicked off its new weekly farmer’s market yesterday, to the delight of neighbors in nearby Hampden and Roland Park. Read More →

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Judge Halts City’s Plans to Remove Potomac Street Bike Lane

1 Written by: | Monday, Jun 12, 2017 9:44am

Photo via Baltimore Bike Party

The nearly finished Potomac Street bike lane in Canton shall remain for the time being, a judge decided early Friday evening.

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Top Stories: $1.3M Roland Park Victorian for Sale, Traffic Cameras Return to I-95 (and to City, Soon), ‘Mansplaining’ Mural at Hopkins

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 09, 2017 4:55pm

Our top post this week was Cynthia McIntyre’s Hot House column about a historic Roland Park Victorian mansion that recently hit the market at a price of nearly $1.3 million. The nine-bedroom home has retained classic features — cupolas, keyhole windows, carved balustrades and wood trim, to name a few – even through a 2004 renovation that gave it a new paint job, roof, plumbing and electrical work, as well as restored windows.

The abode at 5607 Roland Avenue was originally built in 1897 as a model for a planned development called Normandy Heights that never quite materialized. Architect George F. Barber designed eight houses set back from Roland Avenue to serve as livable blueprints.

Despite its ornate trappings, Cynthia noted its “scale and simplicity create an airy, modern feeling that many Victorian homes don’t have,” and said a buyer “could, by opening all the pocket doors, have a virtually open floor plan.”

Our other most popular stories over the last seven days were as follows:

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Everyone’s Favorite Roland Avenue Victorian: Circa 1895, Beautifully Renovated, Asks $1.295M

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Jun 06, 2017 3:52pm

Hot House: The Lydia and Robert Hamill House, 5607 Roland Avenue, Baltimore 21210

Queen Anne-style Victorian, circa 1897, designed by George Franklin Barber. Nine bedrooms, six full, two half-baths over 4,516 sq. ft. Five fireplaces, hardwood floors throughout. Original architectural details include multiple porches, cupolas, keyhole windows, carved balustrades and wood trim. Complete high-end renovation and restoration. Elevator, gourmet kitchen with marble counters and island, custom cabinetry. Luxury master suite with balcony and marble bath with separate glass shower. Third-floor apartment has three bedrooms, two fireplaces, separate entrance and kitchen. Central a/c, two-car garage, on .56 acres: $1,295,000.

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Top Stories: Opposition to Planned Roland Park North Apartments, Mayor of Hampden’s Trike Stolen, Secluded $1.3 Million House for Sale in Ruxton

0 Written by: | Friday, Jun 02, 2017 4:53pm

Last week, Ed Gunts covered a testy community meeting at the Radisson Cross Keys that featured more than 200 North Baltimore residents discussing a developer’s planned six-story, 128-unit apartment building off of Falls Road and Northern Parkway. Many gathered to ask why now, not earlier, had Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Shaffer called a public meeting to get feedback from members of the public about the project.

In one public tiff, the developer, Jonathan Ehrenfeld of Blue Ocean Realty, asked a resident who was there to oppose the plan why he’d asked earlier on if he could join in as an investor. (The man responded that he wanted to work from the inside and help plan the project.)

Other residents from nearby neighborhoods voiced concerns about traffic worsening on Falls Road, or apologized for knowing about the development early on but having not informed their neighbors.

“The issue is bigger than our immediate neighborhood,” said Poplar Hill resident Mary Ann Mears, mother of former mayoral candidate Elizabeth Embry. “It’s how business is being done in the city of Baltimore. It needs to be more transparent.”

Here were our other top stories during the last seven days:

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Featured, Money & Power, Roland Park

Defrocked Bishop Heather Cook Denied Early Parole

4 Written by: | Tuesday, May 09, 2017 1:59pm

Heather Cook

Former Episcopal Bishop Heather Cook, who fatally struck cyclist Thomas Palermo with her car in Roland Park in December 2014, will remain in prison, a parole commission ruled today.

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Top Stories: Mount Vernon Hotel Getting a New Name and a New Roof, Middle River Mom’s Awful Video Goes Viral, Netflix to Run Docuseries on Mysterious Slaying of Sister Catherine Cesnik

0 Written by: | Friday, Apr 21, 2017 5:19pm

The most widely read story on Baltimore Fishbowl this week was Ed Gunts’ report about the rebranding of a prominent boutique hotel at the corner of Cathedral and Monument streets. Once known as Peabody Court, the Wyndham Baltimore and, most recently, the Mount Vernon Hotel, the owners now plan to reintroduce it as “Hotel Revival, a Joie de Vivre Hotel.”

In addition to a new name, the building at 612 Cathedral Street is also getting a replacement roof and a bar. Presently, it sports a curved glass top that has grown cloudy and translucent over the last few decades. The new one will still be made of glass, but will have straighter edges and room for a brand new rooftop drinking spot.

The Revival Hotel is set to reopen this fall. As for the name, the business’ website says it all: “Revival combines traditional roots with modern details, made from scratch cuisine with private karaoke rooms and classic cocktails with sweeping views of Baltimore.”

Here were our other most popular stories over the last seven days:

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Arts and Crafts Cottage Just Listed In Roland Park: Beautiful Gardens, Sale Pending

0 Written by: | Tuesday, Apr 18, 2017 10:25am

Hot House: 13 Elmwood Road, Baltimore, MD 21210

Arts and Crafts-style cottage, circa 1922, stucco with slate roof and brick trim. Four bedrooms and 3.5 baths over 2,432 sq. ft. Original architectural details include oak paneling and trimwork. Large rooms with natural light, central a/c. Living room with fireplace, sunroom off dining room. Kitchen with island breakfast bar, custom cabinets, copper range-hood. Finished lower-level family room. Ensuite master with french doors to deck, connecting to study. Large third-floor guest room. Patio, extensive stonework, landscaped garden, one-car detached garage, 0.3 acres: $625,000 

What: On the market for just over a week, this house already has an offer and a sale is pending. But as they say in real estate, “there’s many a slip betwixt the cup and the lip.” Things happen, and a backup offer is always possible. It is certainly a house worth going out on a limb for — cozy and adorable, with updates done well and respectfully. Bigger than it looks from the photo, and more open that you would expect from a cottage, it is a house that could work as well for a family as for a couple or a single person. The buyer will, however, be faced with a common Roland Park dilemma regarding the fine old original oak paneling and trim — an issue that divides neighbors, couples and even entire families: To paint, or not to paint?

 

Where: Elmwood Road runs east from Longwood Road, which runs off Roland Avenue.  It is a long gentle downhill slope, which passes this house, crosses Edgevale and winds its way down to Falls Road.This house is about a 5-10 minute walk up to Eddie’s, the Roland Park Library and the schools that help make the neighborhood such a popular destination.

Why: Nice, long driveway in stone block.

Why Not: The one-car garage will not fit your GMC Yukon.

Would Suit: Architectural anglophiles looking for style, rather than size.

NB: The gardens have been lovingly created  by a native plant specialist, and will be low-maintenance as well as beautiful.

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